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06/26/2015 8:00 AM -

Winning their third Stanley Cup in six seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks have built a perennial power in the NHL. A large part of that success can be attributed to the organization’s willingness to build from within, through the NHL Entry Draft.

Beginning Friday, the Draft Class of 2015 will hope to hear their names called off to take the stage and continue their hockey careers, with the ultimate goal of playing in the NHL one day. A majority of those selected in the 2015 NHL Draft will begin their professional career in the American Hockey League before fulfilling their dream of playing at the top level.

This past season, 67% of the players to appear in the lineup for the Rockford IceHogs were drafted with 43% coming through the Blackhawks as the organization’s draft choices. In the IceHogs eight seasons as the top affiliate for the Blackhawks, eight of Chicago’s first round selections have played in Rockford.

Below are a few facts about the NHL draft picks that have played for the Rockford IceHogs:

Highest draft pick to play for the IceHogs:  Cam Barker (3rd overall in 2004 with Blackhawks)

Lowest draft pick to play for IceHogs:  Sean McMorrow (258th overall in 2000 with Buffalo)

Lowest Blackhawks draft pick to play for IceHogs:  Dustin Byfuglien (245th overall in 2003)


First round draft selections to play for the IceHogs (21):
Ryan Hartman 30th overall (2013) by Chicago
Teuvo Teravainen 18th overall (2012) by Chicago
Mark McNeill 18th overall (2011) by Chicago
Phillip Danault 26th overall (2011) by Chicago
Nick Leddy 16th overall (2009) by Minnesota
Dylan Olsen 28th overall (2009) by Chicago
Philippe Paradis 27th overall (2009) by Carolina
Kyle Beach 11th overall (2008) by Chicago
Ivan Vishnevskiy 27th overall (2006) by Dallas
Kenndal McArdle 20th overall (2005) by Florida
Jack Skille 7th overall (2005) by Chicago
Cam Barker 3rd overall (2004) by Chicago
Rostislav Olesz 7th overall (2004) by Florida
Hugh Jessiman 12th overall (2003) by New York Rangers
Pierre-Marc Bouchard 8th overall (2002) by Minnesota
Hannu Toivonen 29th overall (2002) by Boston
Jeff Taffe 30th overall (2000) by St. Louis
Nick Boynton 21st overall (1999) by Boston and 9th overall (1997) by Washington
Sergei Samsonov 8th overall (1997) by Boston
Dan Cloutier 26th overall (1997) by New York Rangers
Jassen Cullimore 29th overall (1991) by Vancouver


Blackhawks picks by draft year to play for the IceHogs (alphabetical order):
2013: (4) Dahlstrom, Hartman, Norell, Press
2012: (4) Fournier, Hinostroza, Ross, Teravainen
2011: (8) A. Broadhurst, Clendening, Danault, Dahlbeck, McNeill, Saad, Shalunov, Shaw
2010: (6) Carruth, Flick, Holl, Johns, Nordstrom, Simpson
2009: (5) Froese, Gilbert, Kruger, Olsen, Pirri
2008: (5) Beach, Carlsson, Gleason, Lalonde, Smith
2007: (3) Aliu, Lavin, Tanguay
2006: (4) Danis-Pepin, P. LeBlanc, Makarov, Palmer
2005: (10) Bertram, Blunden, Brophey, Charlebois, Davis, Fallon, Hjalmarsson, Hobson, Skille, Turner
2004: (7) Barker, Berti, Bickell, Bolland, Brouwer, Dowell, Kontiola
2003: (3) M. Brodeur, Byfuglien, Crawford
2002: (1) Wisniewski
2001: (1) M. Keith
1999: (1) Leighton


Players to play for the IceHogs by round:
First Round: 21 Barker, Beach, Bouchard, Boynton, Cloutier, Cullimore, Danault, Hartman, Jessiman, Leddy, McArdle, McNeill, Olesz, Olsen, Paradis, Samsonov, Skille, Taffe, Teravainen, Toivonen, Vishnevskiy
Second Round: 32 Aliu, Bertram, Bickell, Blunden, Bolland, Brennan, Christian, Clendening, Crawford, Cullimore, Dahlstrom, Danis-Pepin, Davis, Fournier, Hayes, Holl, Janik, Johns, R. Johnson, Keith, Makarov, Morin, Pineault, Pirri, Pokka, Richmond, Saad, Sauve, Seabrook, Simpson, Stephenson, Winchester
Third Round: 17 Berti, Bois, Brent, Brophey, Dahlbeck, Fraser, A. Johnson, LaBarbera, Lalonde, Nordstrom, Peckham, Potulny, Quick, Regin, Skinner, Tanguay, D. Toews
Fourth Round: 13 Bass, Davis, Flick, B. Fahey, Froese, Hjalmarsson, Norell, Palmer, Petiot, Sarauer, Segal, Shalunov, Sharrow
Fifth Round: 12 Collins, Dowell, Flinn, Koci, Kruger, Lavin, Ross, Sawyer, Shaw, Turner, Versteeg, Wisniewski
Sixth Round: 11
Carlsson, Charlebois, Darling, DiDomenico, Fallon, Hinostroza, Kessel, Leighton, B. Smith, Torquato, York
Seventh Round: 13 Archer, A. Broadhurst, Brodeur, Brouwer, Carruth, Cumiskey, Gilbert, Gleason, Gotovets, Hobson, Kontiola, LeBlanc, Press
Eighth Round: 5 Byfuglien, Exelby, J. Fahey, McMorrow, Paiement
Ninth Round: 2 Flaherty, McLean


Blackhawks draft picks to play in Rockford by position:
Center: 19
Wings: 15
Defense: 21
Goalie: 7

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